Ottawa based artist Hannah Sekerka’s exhibition “Mind Map” will be showcased in the OSA’s Lee Matasi Gallery located at our Downtown campus, from March 10th-24th 2021.
Hannah Sekerka has been developing her abstract painting skills since 2017. Sekerka takes inspiration from emotions, states of mind, and mental illness and conveys these through her work. Most recently focusing on aspects of the human brain and psychology. Sekerka blends painting with alternative mixed media techniques like rust staining and the use of thread in her practice. Creating abstract designs, Sekerka is inspired by the washes used in watercolor techniques and likes to show these details in her work using acrylic paint instead. Sekerka works on unstretched canvas and uses a balance of positive and negative space consistently in her work.
In 2020 Sekerka exhibited a solo show, The Inkblot Series, at the Frizi Gallery at the GCTC. Sekerka finished her studies in 2020 at the Fine Arts Diploma Program at the Ottawa School of Art and has participated in many shows associated with the school, including the Big Exhibition at Gallery 200, and the 140th Celebration Show at Ottawa School of Art Orleans. She was the 2018 recipient of the Fritz Allgoewer Memorial Scholarship. Sekerka has had mentorships with notable artists such as Angelina McCormick and Gillian King who have helped her explore and develop the techniques present in her work to this day.
“My current work explores the structure of the human brain, with references to brain scans and also the use of inkblots in psychological evaluations. Inspired by mental health and the current rise in conversation surrounding these only recently heavy topics. I have chosen to depict the “culprit” of all psychological issues: the brain. I create work that juxtaposes the simple with the complex by using limited colours and large negative space against the intricate layers and shapes of my medium application. My work mimics neurons and matter in the brain using masses of colour with intricate lines criss-crossing across one another. Leaving room for the eye to explore the many positive and negative spaces I’ve created.”
– Hannah Sekerka